Local businesses at BNI are supporting
Marie Curies BGTP
MARIE Curie is calling on businesses to hold a Blooming Great Tea Party
in aid of the charity from 23 June to 25 June 2017. Marie Curie is encouraging
people to get together with friends, family or colleagues to host a tea party,
bake sale or special tea break to raise funds. The money raised will help Marie
Curie provide vital care and support for people living with a terminal illness,
and their families. Local fundraiser for South West Merseyside and Wirral Tina
Robinson attended the networking group BNI Eagle to spread the word about
Blooming Great Tea Parties. Paul Burns from Alexander Myerson and Co Limited,
who attended the event, said:- "Marie Curie means so much to so many
people across the region. As a local business we are proud to support the
tremendous work that all at Marie Curie carry out from the Nurses to the
Fundraisers. Events such as the Blooming Great Tea Party really do make a
difference to so many lives. It is great to be part of a local business
community who all come together as one to support such a worthwhile cause."
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company handles
more than 5,000 bookings for TT 2018
THE Isle of Man Steam Packet Company handled a record breaking number of
bookings when reservations opened for the 2018 TT festival.
The Company started taking provisional reservations, on Monday, 29 May 2017,
8.30am and by the end of the day had completed more than 5,000 bookings, a
substantial increase on the 3,500 handled on the same day in 2016, which was the
previous record high.
Almost 14,000 passengers were booked to travel, up more than 4,000 on 2016. The
number of motorcycles booked reached 6,511, a significant increase on the 2016
figure of 4,755.
Online bookings were up by more than 1,000 on last year, with 3,235 made
and 1,893 reservations were made by phone or in person, also an increase on
The Steam Packet Company Reservations Office and phone lines were fully staffed
throughout the day, with extra staff brought in to help deal with the
anticipated demand and teams in Liverpool and Heysham also helping out.
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: - "I
would like to pay tri, bute to all our staff who worked hard throughout the day
to assist as many TT fans as possible to secure their travel for the 2018 TT. We
experienced a significant increase in provisional bookings compared with the
same time last year, which underlines the continued growth in popularity of the
TT. By bringing in additional staff where possible and investing significantly
to make our online booking system more robust we have made further steps forward
in meeting the substantial demand. Next year we will open provisional bookings
for the 2019 TT one week earlier, on Monday, 21st May 2018. Traditionally
provisional bookings for the following year's TT have opened during TT Practice
Week, but this is a time when our staff are already very busy and bringing
the date forward will allow us to deploy additional staff to assist customers
with their bookings."
The Steam Packet Company has been able to meet the increased travel demand, for
motorcycles in particular, thanks to substantial investment in a removable
mezzanine deck for fast craft Manannan and continued charter of MV Arrow to
provide freight support. Final figures for passengers carried during this year's
TT are expected to be released next week.
Mr Woodward concluded:- "Despite the volume of reservations we have
already handled, there are still places on sailings to the Isle of Man during
the 2018 TT, so it is worth checking on line or with our reservations team."
Reminder - Free Tennis this weekend in
A free event will be held on 4 June 2017 on King's Gardens an historic
park, which is listed in the register of Parks and Gardens (Grade II). It will
also take place in the Marine Gardens, immediately opposite the Spa side of the
Best Western's Royal Clifton Hotel. This fantastic event will let participants
take part in mini tennis games, on a specialist mini softball tennis court, with
instructions from international tennis coaches, who help train many of the
world's best players! This free event, but will be on a first-come
first-served basis and with limited time slots. Come early to get your chance to
find out more about the sport from some of the world's best coaches. This
fantastic free sporting event will be brought to you by the Liverpool Hope
International Tennis Tournament 2017 and Friends of Kings Gardens Southport.
Sponsored by Holistic Realignment, Liverpool Hope University and Southport
Reporter. Don't forget to come along...
A 3rd of people haven't put money away last
NEW quarterly research will track people's attitudes to saving and
investments temporary installation highlights savers and investors who bury
their heads in the sand. 37% of UK adults have not saved or invested a
penny in the last 3 months, according to a quarterly tracker launched by
RateSetter this month. RateSetter has commissioned an installation to urge
people to take their heads out of the sand and take an active approach to
putting their money to work. On average, people put away ₤211 each month in the
last quarter. They found that men saved significantly more than women over
the period, averaging ₤246 a month, compared to ₤175.
25 to 34 year olds put away the most over that period, averaging ₤245 a month,
followed by those of retirement age, aged 65+, who stashed away ₤228 a month.
Younger adults, aged 18 to 24, put away the least ₤141 per month, but 19% say
that they currently have no savings at all, and 43% stated that they have no
Average total savings and investments stand at ₤17,811 and ₤20,138 respectively,
but again, men outstrip women here both on savings and investments, with total
combined pots averaging ₤51,108 for men, and ₤24,934 for women. Across the
regions, Yorkshire and Humberside top the table with average savings and
investments of ₤45,457, followed by London at ₤44,845. Although there is
widespread feeling among a majority of adults that that they are not saving
enough, 50% agree, compared to 17% who disagree, just 21% expect to be able to
save more over the next 12 months. But with low returns on cash accounts, both
savers and non savers feel less incentivised to put money away; 44% say that low
returns meant that it was not worth saving in cash. Although a 11% minority
would prefer to borrow than to save to achieve life goals. This is particularly
true of 28% of Londoners and of those aged 25 to 44, 19% of those aged 25 to 34
and 18% of those between 35 to 44.
Ceri Williams, Head of Investor Operations at RateSetter, commented:-
"People who traditionally save their money in a cash account are in a difficult
position right now, with many feel that low rates mean that it's not worth
saving at all, and with inflation comfortably outstripping returns on savings
products, it's easy to understand why. However, a significant proportion of
people, 28%, have indicated that they were prepared to take on some risk in
order to earn a better rate of return on their money. That's reflected in our
experience too; as we've seen a steady rise in the number of people investing
via our platform, earning returns of around 4% in exchange for taking on some
RateSetter will continue to track attitudes to saving and investing, and will
publish results each quarter. These figures also show just how unstable
the climate is at the moment, due to Brexit and lack of money for many people
through out the UK, due to pressures from paying off Student Loans and other
Formby Festival is more than just a
THIS fantastic event will bring you lots of food, drink, live music and
entertainment over 3 days from 14 July to 16 July 2017. With cuisines and
delights from across the globe, there's something to satisfy each person's
taste. Italian? Thai? Indian? Real ales, fine wines and everything in between.
Whatever quenches your thirst the event organisers hope they will be able to
say:- "We've got it!"
Are you an artisan enthusiast? With homemade gifts, specialist snacks and much
more you won't be disappointed!
event organizers have told us that:- "This year's event we are told will have chef demos throughout the Saturday and
Sunday, with the show's resident celebrity BBC Fusion Chef of the Year; Aazam
Ahmed with guest chefs as well.
On the main stage this year, it's going to be jam packed with the finest talent
the UK has to offer. From Friday night right through to Sunday evening you'll
hear local bands, choral groups and even see performances from TV stars!
The event will also have lots of things to keep the little ones busy too!"
event organisers added:- "From
inflatable's, archery, climbing wall, water bumper boats, paintballing, the
cave, rodeo bull, steam train, donkey rides to name, but a few.
Plus the show will have many free activities for the kids too, including:- kids
cooking zone, magic shows, balloon modelling, circus school and a craft marquee
On top of all that, why not watch the dog display team or other displays in the
You can even enter the events bake off completion! Every year we aim to make Formby Festival 2017 will be even better than
We're excited to announce that we'll be having a tri, bute night, on
Friday, 14 July 2017! This will be a must see, so make sure you've got your
Robbie Williams 'The World's No. 1' Robbie Tri, bute... Recognized
as 1 of the leading Robbie Williams Tri, bute Acts, this superb tri, bute act
has appeared on Channel 4 and ITV and has performed in 15 countries! Not only
does he look the image of Robbie, he sings and entertains exactly like the main
Cilla Black - The Cilla Show - Step Inside Love… Step inside Love is an
authentic, respectful and professional tri, bute to the much loved, national
treasure Cilla Black who sadly passed away recently. The Cilla Show; Step Inside
Love features the amazing vocals and talent of Kate Bell and will take you back
to the golden musical era of 60's and 70's!
The show is a must see, you won't catch it anywhere else, but at Formby
Saturday - Our Saturday night musical firework and laser display has become a
legendary feature of the weekend. "You won't want to miss it! This is
backed up with fantastic live entertainment on the stage and our fantastic House
DJ before the fireworks begin." said Maria from the Formby Festival 2017.
On Sunday, this event will bring to Formby a carnival atmosphere, thanks to the
fantastic KATUMBA BAND, described as a walking wall of sound, don't miss them.
Go to the festival's website and see what is on:-
You can also now buy tickets on that website, at a reduced rate to the gate prices.